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Regional wrestling: Whatcom sending 54 athletes to Mat Classic XXXV

Mount Baker, Blaine, Bellingham lead area schools in total state qualifiers

Down 2-1 in the third period
Down 2-1 in the third period, Blaine's Victor Gervol tries to get an escape point to tie with 17 seconds left against Toppenish’s Anthony Nava in their 285-pound championship match of Mat Classic XXXIV Feb. 18, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome. Gervol is headed back to state this year after earning a regional title. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Whatcom County high school wrestling teams are sending 54 athletes to the Mat Classic XXXV state wrestling tournament following regional events at various locations on Saturday, Feb. 10.

More than half of the county’s 96 wrestlers that advanced to regional tournaments qualified for state, held Feb. 16–17 at the Tacoma Dome, led by the boys teams of Mount Baker (nine qualifiers), Blaine (eight) and Bellingham (eight).

The area’s 54 state qualifiers improved on last year’s total of 48 that reached the wrestling season’s final stage.

Ten wrestlers spread across nine different local teams also earned first-place regional titles, with the Mountaineers’ boys group being the only team with two top finishers.

Andrew Montieth won the 126-pound weight class at the 13-team WIAA 1A Region 1 tournament at Vashon Island High School, while Daniel Washburn — who finished third at state last season — captured the 157-pound title.

Mount Baker's Daniel Washburn tries unsuccessfully to take his Omak opponent to his back. Washburn finished in third place.
Mount Baker’s Daniel Washburn tries unsuccessfully to take his Omak opponent to his back during the 2023 Mat Classic tournament. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Mount Baker also had the most combined qualifiers between its boys and girls teams with 12. Ana Camacho led the Mountaineers’ girls team with her second-place finish at 105 pounds in the WIAA Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A Region 1 tournament at White River High School.

Blaine is sending 11 wrestlers to state, with three on the girls side. Lucyanna Dahl, who finished fourth at state a season ago, finished first in the 145-pound weight class.

Reigning state runner-up Victor Gervol led Blaine’s boys team at the 1A tournament with his regional title at 285 pounds — defeating teammate Otto Shelton in the championship match.

Despite not having any first-place finishers, Bellingham’s boys team had seven wrestlers finish top three in their weight classes at the 17-team WIAA 2A Region 1 tournament hosted at Highline High School.

Dylan Roath (106 pounds), Nathan Laas (144), Pavel Shintar (150), Alexander Scott (157) and Sonny Powell (215) all finished second. Shintar is the only one that has prior state experience.

Blaine’s Lucyanna Dahl pins her opponent in a semifinal match Feb. 3 during sub-regionals at Squalicum High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Meridian and Squalicum are each sending three boys and two girls to state.

Squalicum’s Bella Phillips maintained her undefeated record this season (32-0) by earning a first-place finish at 190 pounds at the girls tournament, while Lucas Hansen (157 pounds) earned a regional title for the Storm’s boys team at the 2A tournament.

Meridian’s lone regional title was won by Regan Swope in the girls 170-pound weight class, while the Trojans’ boys team was led by a second-place finish from Rhett Dursch (215 pounds) at the 1A tournament.

Lynden, which is sending two boys and a girl to state, got a regional title from Belen Lopez (155 pounds) at the girls tournament, while Christian Velasquez (126 pounds) was the Lions’ top boys wrestler with his second-place finish. Lopez finished second at state last season.

Ferndale, the county’s lone Class 3A team, has four wrestlers headed to state — three boys and a girl. Gabe Rios-Gordillo finished first at 106 pounds at the 19-team WIAA 3A Region 1 boys tournament at Oak Harbor High School to lead the Golden Eagles.

Eliana Guillory (fourth place, 170 pounds) was Ferndale’s lone qualifier from the 30-team WIAA Girls 3A/4A Region 1 tournament at Monroe High School.

Lynden’s Belen Lopez wrestles against Blaine’s Lucy Dahl at a meet on Jan. 25 in Lynden.
Lynden’s Belen Lopez wrestles against Blaine’s Lucyanna Dahl Jan. 25 at Lynden High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Nooksack Valley is only sending one boy and one girl to state, but the Pioneers’ Wyatt Bacon won the 190-pound title at the 1A boys tournament. Mina Azzam will represent NV’s girls team after finishing second in the 235-pound weight class at the girls 1B/2A/1A/2A tournament.

Sehome has four boys wrestlers headed to state. Grant Oliver (150 pounds) and Caleb Davis (157 pounds) each finished third at the 2A boys tournament.

A full list of qualifiers from regional tournaments is below, sorted by tournament and weight class.

WIAA Girls 1B/2B/1A/2A Region 1


3rd Place – Makenna Lausier, Blaine


2nd Place – Ana Camacho, Mount Baker


4th Place – Karalynn Cook, Mount Baker


4th Place – Claire Hume, Blaine


2nd Place – Sadie Wilson, Squalicum

3rd Place – Tyla Olson, Mount Baker


1st Place – Lucyanna Dahl, Blaine


1st Place – Belen Lopez, Lynden


1st Place – Regan Swope, Meridian

2nd Place – Kennedy Farrar, Meridian


1st Place – Isabella Phillips, Squalicum


2nd Place – Mina Azzam, Nooksack Valley

WIAA Girls 3A/4A Region 1


4th Place – Eliana Guillory, Ferndale

WIAA 1A Region 1


2nd Place – Isaac DeKriek, Mount Baker

3rd Place – Christopher Zamudio, Blaine

4th Place – Treyson Lewis-Kelley, Meridian


3rd Place – Cole Voigt, Blaine


1st Place – Andrew Montieth, Mount Baker

2nd Place – Vinnie Saia, Blaine


3rd Place – Daniel Johner, Blaine

4th Place – Shaun Dugger, Mount Baker


3rd Place – Gavin Compton, Mount Baker


2nd Place – Cal Fitzgerald, Blaine


3rd Place – Joshtyn Elmer, Meridian


1st Place – Daniel Washburn, Mount Baker


2nd Place – Wyatt Freeman, Mount Baker


2nd Place – Vance Lawrence, Mount Baker


1st Place – Wyatt Bacon, Nooksack Valley

2nd Place – Blake Goltz, Blaine

3rd Place – Dylan Moa, Mount Baker


2nd Place – Rhett Duersch, Meridian

3rd Place – Alder Giarde, Mount Baker


1st Place – Victor Gervol, Blaine

2nd Place – Otto Shelton, Blaine

WIAA 2A Region 1


2nd Place – Dylan Roath, Bellingham


2nd Place – Christian Velasquez, Lynden

4th Place – Aidan Borchert, Bellingham


3rd Place – Conor Rodriguez Stiff, Bellingham


2nd Place – Nathan Laas, Bellingham

3rd Place – Griffin Smith, Squalicum

4th Place – Colin Mcgiverin, Sehome


2nd Place – Pavel Shintar, Bellingham

3rd Place – Grant Oliver, Sehome

4th Place – Simeon Blas, Squalicum


1st Place – Lucas Hansen, Squalicum

2nd Place – Alexander Scott, Bellingham

3rd Place – Caleb Davis, Sehome

5th Place – Clarence Valladares, Lynden


5th Place – Aiden Holmes, Sehome


2nd Place – Sonny Powell, Bellingham


3rd Place – Finnegan Jensen, Bellingham

WIAA 3A Region 1


1st Place – Gabe Rios-Gordillo, Ferndale


3rd Place – Mason Filippinni, Ferndale


2nd Place – Wyatt Strait, Ferndale

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.

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